The reason why SDA jump hoops, hurdles, backwards and forwards and tie themselves up tightly in a knot is because Ellen White assured them that THEY (and no other) were the ones spoken of in Rev. 12:17, i.e. the Remnant.
Not really correct -- sorry.
The remnant, as the scripture themselves point out in Rev. 12:27 and 19:10) are they that keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus which is the spirit of prophecy.
It's not the denomination that makes one part of the last remnant, but having faith in Christ, and following Him in loving obedience to God's commandments. It's hard to find a denomination that encourages one to follow all ten commandments and has a good understanding of Bible prophecy.
Adventists, like the reformers, interpreted prophecy in the historicist method -- that is -- they see the prophecies covering time from the prophet's day (John in this case) to the end.
Like the Reformers, Adventists have interpreted the prophetic time lines in Daniel and Revelation by the day for a year principle.
Thus in Revelation, as Karen pointed out, the prophetic time of 1260 years is repeatedly mentioned.
The 42 months (30 X 42 = 1260) Rev. 11:2 and 13:5
Times, time and half a time (2 years, 1 year, half year) (3X360+180=1260) Rev. 12:14
And simply 1260 days (years) in Rev, 12;6 and 11:3
This is the reign of Christian oppression by the horn in Daniel seven, and the 1st beast of Rev. 13, under the influence of the great red dragon of Rev. 12.
This isn't something Adventists alone believed. A lot of the protestant churches believed it once. The reformers believed it. But now other forms of interpreting prophecies have come in-- even into the Adventist church causing confusion.
Thus the prophecy in 2 Thess. chapter 2 will come to full fulfillment --
The falling away that occurred in those 1260 years and which the reformers gave their very lives to break free from, will again set itself up IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD (which you pointed out was God's people and I agree with you in this verse) that is the papal power will again set itself up to control religion, and the world is being swept with a terrible delusion.
But the Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ (the TRUE Spirit of Prophecy) says plainly, "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near." (Rev. 1:3) To those who first heard it, within a hundred years, that very generation was going to witness the events portrayed in it.
Oh -- so you are of the Preterits line of thought?
Well, I suppose since you called our beliefs "darkened understanding", you shouldn't object if I mention that I think the preterits understanding is "darkened understanding".
It misses most of the prophecy given us by the very "spirit of prophecy" which you say is true ==that which is found in Revelation!
It also nicely wipes out all the warnings of what happens in the Christian church over those 2000 years you guys were talking about.
Remember,Paul also talks about what happens in the Christian church in years prior to Christ's coming --
in 2 Thess chapter 2.
Your glowing concept of a faith filled, everyone saved, Christian community of all religions would be wonderful, if it were true.
But it isn't true -- it is a delusion.
And it's not just Adventists who know it isn't true. I have some excellent books by writers from other denominations who know it is not true.